§ 16. Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is satisfied that the scheme for training disabled ex-service men, as proposed by the technical advisory panel at its meeting on 11th April last, is justifiable in view of the present state of the industry, and the considerable number of experienced ophthalmic optical workers at present unemployed; whether the period of training, as proposed, is sufficient to guarantee to the men so trained sufficient knowledge and experience to enable them to obtain employment in other workshops when their period of training is completed; and whether this particular industry offers sufficient prospects to justify the training of more men within it?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
This scheme has been very carefully considered by a panel representing the trade concerned and by the Department, and although, unfortunately, there is at present considerable unemployment on the manufac- 347 turing side, openings are available in jobbing and prescription houses. Training will be carried out wholly in workshops and the admission of trainees will be regulated by the openings immediately available. An extension of the periods of training will be considered if experience shows it to be necessary, but I am advised that the periods laid down are adequate.